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    Day 17:   Kung Fu Panda Shorts

    So far in our celebration, we've had a featured spotlight on both of the franchise's films (one on May 26th and the other on June 6th) and its spin-off TV show. Today, we're now featuring another important part of the franchise: its shorts! Pictured above is the title card for Secrets of the Furious Five, which (aside from Legend of the Legendary Warrior) was one of the franchise's first official shorts. This being, it's our featured article for the day. :)

    So what's so special about the shorts?

    Shorts are basically like miniature versions of the franchise's films. In this way they're a lot like the Legends of Awesomeness episodes, which also try to mimic the style of the Kung Fu Panda movies.

    But then what's the difference between a short and an episode from Legends of Awesomeness? And why are shorts such a big deal to us fans? Why do we like them so much?

    For today's activity, we're focusing on what you guys think about the franchise's shorts. This is another open discussion as always, but it's also a focus on the questions mentioned above: Tell us why you think the shorts are so special and important to the franchise. What do you like/dislike about them? What kind of shorts are you hoping to see in the future?

    And, as a bonus, vote for your favorite short made so far in this poll:

    Which Kung Fu Panda short is your favorite?

    Created: June 17, 2013
    Votes: 356


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    • **ORIGINALLY POSTED BY Arim Adnap ON JUNE 17, 2013**

      I simply like these shorts because they give us a chance to look behind the "scenes" - deeper into the movie(s). They help us to understand some actions of the characters better because we get to know their past! They also show deep emotions like in "Kung Fu Panda Holiday" where the main subject is "family" and who you may count to it...

      So I guess they're really important to understand the behavior of some characters. ...And as always I'd like to see a short about Shifu... ;-)

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    • **ORIGINALLY POSTED BY Jadepalacetrainee ON JUNE 17, 2013**

      They are like little mini legends! They teach you how everything came to be and that's important because then you understand the characters better. Like in the Secrets of the Furious Five, you learn how all of the Five started their journeys in the world of Kung Fu. You also learn how Master Rhino, Ox, and Croc came together in Kung Fu Panda 2 after watching Secrets of the Masters.

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    • **ORIGINALLY POSTED BY IDNpandamaster ON JUNE 20, 2013**

      They featured some special stories about them, and behind them. Like Secrets of The Furious Five, this shorts reveal about the past of the five. Secrets of The Masters too. And Kung Fu Panda Holiday, a very special shorts (for me). And all the shorts have another lessons. It just like mini-movie. I love them all

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    • **ORIGINALLY POSTED BY VaporMist ON DECEMBER 14, 2013**

      From the KFP Wiki twitter:

      'Secret of the Scrolls' screening at DreamWorks tonight.... Great job to everyone in the cast and crew!! Kari Wahlgren (@KariWahlgren) December 12, 2013

      Sounds like a new KFP short is coming soon!

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    • I found what looks like a poster for "Secrets of the Scroll" on ebay... Nothing that spoilery, but I'll add tags just in case:

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      It's a 2D poster of the Five in a typical action pose. It actually looks more like another "Secrets of the Furious Five"...

      Judging by this poster, I'll say this: If this short is about the Five, I seriously hope they give fair attention to all of them. Because curiously, one of them seems to stick out more than the others.

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    • Tags on mine as well to be safe...

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      Ah, so there's just one scroll then? It better be a pretty important scroll to get an entire story from a short film. :P And I agree, I hope there's an equal dispersing of attention for each of the Five. As cool as Tigress is, she is spotlighted a bit too much from the others.

      I wonder what kind of "flashback story" this one will have for the Five, since we've already had a short with each member's background. Here's my guess: Since the title indicates one scroll, maybe it's referring to the Dragon Scroll? And the film is about the Five's training and missions before Po showed up?

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    • Already seen it, and it shouldn't be considered out of the Universe. Because it's not an alternate universe. It doesn't break continuity, and it ties up a lot of unanswered questions about "why them". But do as you will... It's your wiki.

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    • ^ Mind if I ask how you've already seen it? It's supposed to be shown with the next film's DVD release, right?

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